How much water should I drink?

 

Water is one of those essential things that our bodies need.  Just like exercise, wholesome food, air, regular elimination and sleep, water is part of the “free medicine” that our bodies need every day. Here are some of my tips to stay hydrated:

Key points of this video:

  • Ideally, you should drink ½ of your pound of bodyweight in ounces of water. So, if you weight 150 lbs, you should drink 75 ounces of water.

  • This is a lot of water! Keep in mind that your body can get some water also from fruits and vegetables (coffee, sodas and hot chocolate do not count!)

  • It’s best to front load the intake of water during the day. It’s not a good idea to realize at 3:00 PM that you didn’t drink any water at all, and then trying to catch up.

  • To make the water a bit more palatable, add some lemon or lime slices. One of my favorite things to add is actually cucumber slices. In summer, it’s also really refreshing to add a bit of watermelon and mint leaves to the water.

  • Especially in summer it’s important to keep a proper electrolyte balance. Just add 1-2 kernels of Himalayan Salt to your bottle of water. Try doing this also when you seem to pee more than what you’re actually drinking and your urine is colorless.

  • Alkaline water (typically with a pH greater than 8) might be helpful for some; see and experience for yourself if this feels good to you.

  • If drinking the recommended amount of water sounds insane to you, just start slowly. If you do drink soda or ice-tea during the day, replace just one glass of what you normally drink with a glass of water. Try this for one week and then increase the water by one more glass for the following week and so on.

If you like to drink sodas, fruit juices or ice tea instead of water, try to substitute just one glass of what you normally drink during the day with a glass of water. Try this for one week. Then the following week, substitute two glasses a day with water, and continue.